1989 Lynch Bages

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£253.00 DP

Average critic rating : 97.5 points



The 1989 has taken forever to shed its formidable tannins, but what a great vintage of Lynch Bages! I would rank it at the top of the pyramid although the 1990, 2000, and down the road, some of the more recent vintages such as 2005, 2009 and 2010 should come close to matching the 1989's extraordinary concentration and undeniable aging potential. Its dense purple color reveals a slight lightening at the edge and the stunning bouquet offers classic notes of creme de cassis, subtle smoke, oak and graphite. Powerful and rich with some tannins still to shed at age 22, it is still a young adolescent in terms of its evolution and will benefit from another 4-5 years of cellaring. It should prove to be a 50 year wine. Wine Advocate.August, 2011



Delivers so much blackberry, leather and dried fruits on the nose. Full-bodied, with ultrapolished tannins and a silky mouthfeel. The palate turns to leaves, cedar and dried berries on the finish, which goes on and on. This is still reserved for the vintage, suggesting a long life ahead. Just coming around now, but will improve many years ahead. I have always loved this Lynch.¿'89/'99 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2009). Drink now. 35,000 cases made. James Suckling,Wine Spectator 2010

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Château Lynch-Bages is one of the most important châteaux of Bordeaux, one of the leading estates of Pauillac, and one of the most reliable sources of fine claret in the region. Owned by the Cazes family since 1939, and classed as a cinquième grand cru, of fifth growth, in the 1855 classification, the quality here has been reliably excellent since the 1980s, and Lynch-Bages is well known in all wine markets for producing what some might call the epitome of Pauillac whatever the quality of the vintage.


The vineyard, which is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon (72%), Merlot (20%), Cabernet Franc (5%) and Petit Verdot (3%). A white wine, Blanc de Lynch-Bages, is made from a separate plot. About 3,000 cases of Blanc de Lynch-Bages each year: this is made up of 53% Sauvignon Blanc, 32% Sémillon and a relatively large proportion of Muscadelle at 15%.


The best vintages of Lynch-Bages in recent years would be the 2009 and 2010, and the excellent 2005 and 2006 vintages should not be overlooked. The best mature vintages of Lynch-Bages would be the brilliant duo of 1989 and 1990.

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